Some people see the glass as half empty. They believe that there is something missing. There isn’t enough. There aren’t enough opportunities, enough resources, enough money, or enough hope. They’re bearish on their prospects, and they’re pessimistic about the future.This belief structure makes the “half-empty” folks believe that the glass is half empty for everyone, even you. They see only scarcity.Other people see the glass as “half full.” There is no difference in the amount of water in the glass, but the people who see it as “half full” believe that there is enough there. There is ample opportunity, resources, money, and hope. They’re bullish on their future.This belief structure is what underlies their opinion that the glass is “half full” for everyone. They don’t see scarcity, but they don’t see abundance either. They see enough.But there is a third group of people. These individuals see the glass as overflowing. Not only is there enough, there is way more than enough. To the “glass-overflowing” people, there is more opportunity than anyone could ever need, and more than enough for every man, woman, and child. There are more than enough resources, including money.The “glass overflowing” people have this viewpoint because they are grateful. Because they appreciate what they have, they possess as keen ability to see abundance.If you practice gratitude, you will see that your cup is overflowing.
Saving Darwin’s finches could be as simple as arming them with an insecticide. When researchers left pesticide-soaked cotton balls in the birds’ habitats, the finches added bits of the treated cotton to their nests and nearly eliminated one of their chief enemies: parasitic flies.“This is one of the most incredibly clever bits of practical conservation I’ve seen in my entire career,” says conservation ecologist Stuart Pimm of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who was not involved in the new study.The parasitic nest fly (Philornis downsi), which looks similar to a typical house fly, lays its eggs in the nests of Darwin’s finches—the 15 species of bird on the Galápagos that helped inspire the famed biologist to formulate his ideas about natural selection. When the flies’ eggs hatch, the larvae—each about the size of a grain of rice—suck blood from newborn finch nestlings, often killing them. The parasite has been prevalent on the South American mainland throughout history, where birds have adapted to survive even in its presence. 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Scientists have tried to fight the parasite by spraying the insecticide permethrin—also used in flea collars for dogs and in lice shampoos—onto nests. But many of the finches’ nests are hard to find, or high in trees and difficult to reach.While working in the Galápagos, Sarah Knutie—a graduate student in Clayton’s lab—saw finches pulling bits of fiber off a clothing line for their nests. She wondered whether the birds would collect permethrin-treated fibers and carry the pesticide into their nests themselves. To test the idea, Knutie and Clayton set up 30 cotton dispensers, half untreated and half with permethrin-soaked balls, near 26 finch nests. At the end of the nesting and breeding season, 22 of the nests contained cotton, and the birds were just as likely to have collected the permethrin-treated fibers as the untreated ones. Among all nests with the soaked fibers, parasite numbers were lower, and in seven of eight nests that had at least a gram of treated cotton, not a single parasite was found, the team reports today in Current Biology.“This approach is way easier and just as effective as spraying nests,” Clayton says. “I don’t necessarily think that it’s a long-term permanent solution, but we think of it as a stopgap measure to slow the population declines of finches.” The method is creative and could make a crucial difference for the finches, adds Jeff Podos, a biologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who has studied the bird populations of the Galápagos. “This parasite is a pretty formidable opponent.”But to protect bird populations throughout the Galápagos, Podos says, someone will have to step up to install and manage the cotton dispensers, which would have to be installed within 20 meters of every nest on the 18 islands of the Galápagos. Getting full coverage of Isabela Island—where the most endangered species of finch lives—would take about 60 cotton dispensers. “These cotton stations have to be spread all over the place,” he says. “What I’m curious about is whether there will be anyone who follows through on the recommendations of this paper.”
New Delhi, Aug 11 (PTI) New Delhi has been granted hosting rights of the Combined ISSF World Cup, to be held before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the development underlining India’s growing stature in shooting sport. The International Shooting Sport Federation’s Combined World Cup involves events in rifle, pistol and shotgun. This would be the seventh continental or global multi-nation shooting competition to be staged in the country since 2012. The decision was taken in principle at the ISSF’s ongoing Executive Committee meeting in Vienna and conveyed to National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh, who attended the meeting. A formal intimation by the ISSF will follow soon. Thrilled at the development, Raninder said, “We are extremely grateful to the ISSF president and the entire executive committee for reposing faith on the country’s and NRAI’s ability to hold such big and important world level competitions. “We shall not only not disappoint as usual but also exceed expectations. Such events help grow the sport in our country further and boosts the chances of our shooting athletes, both in terms of gaining confidence by competing with the world’s best at home and also in terms of gaining more spots in important competitions away from home, like the Olympics.” The capital’s Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range will also host next year’s first ISSF World Cup stage for rifle and pistol events in February, which will be a quota event for the Tokyo Olympics. Raninder added, “A big thank you also to the Government of India who have always been supportive and not the least to team NRAI and the entire shooting fraternity of the country for delivering to their tasks and creating new benchmarks in performance standards.”advertisement Since 2012, the year current president started his tenure, it would be the seventh major continental or global multi-nation shooting competition to be staged in the country. Among the major events hosted by India are the ISSF Combined World Cup in 2017, Asian Olympic competition before the Rio Games in January 2016 and the prestigious season-ending World Cup Finals. PTI AH ATKATK
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Ten-time winners China overwhelmed Thailand 3-0 to qualify for their 13th straight Sudirman Cup final on Saturday.China will play the final on Sunday against the winner between Japan and Indonesia who will vie for the other spot later in the day, Xinhua news reports.The men’s doubles turned out to be a lopsided match as world’s No. 3 Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen outscored Tinn Isriyanet and Kittinupong Kedren 21-14, 21-17, helping China secure the final berth.En route to the final, China only conceded one game by sweeping India and Malaysia in the group stage, both at 5-0 and beating Denmark 3-1 in the quarterfinals.Also Read | Pullela Gopichand blames hectic calendar for shuttlers’ poor run in 2019Also Read | Sudirman Cup: Japan beat Malaysia to advance to last 4Also See
Kolkata: Enclave-dwellers of the India and Bangladesh border called for citizen rights, land rights, 100 days work and social benefits on the fourth anniversary of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), 2015, on Tuesday.After the LBA was signed in June 2015 in Bangladesh, the historic agreement facilitated the transfer of 111 enclaves, adding up to 17,160.63 acres, from India to Bangladesh. Conversely, India received 51 enclaves, adding up to 7,110.02 acres, which were in Bangladesh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The erstwhile living conditions of the enclave-dwellers still remain same after four years of the agreement. They have not been recognsied as citizens. They have been issued voter ID cards and Aadhaar cards that often contain errors relating to their names and other information,” said Kirity Roy, secretary of Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha, on the sidelines of a programme held on the fourth year of LBA, 2015, at Academy of Fine Arts. The programme was attended by 50 erstwhile enclave-dwellers, where they expressed fear that lack of citizenship will render them stateless if the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is extended to Bengal. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayNRC, the list of Indian citizens in Assam, is being updated to weed out illegal immigration from Bangladesh and neighbouring regions. The erstwhile enclave-dwellers claimed that they lack social security benefits such as tubewells for drinking water and irrigation purposes, electricity, schools, hospitals and police stations. This apart, the progress of work related to construction of roads is slow as well. “We want people living along the India and Bangladesh border area to get citizen rights, land Rights, 100 days work security under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme and social benefits being enjoyed by a common citizen. If our demands our not met, then we will not vote,” Roy pointed out.
Trina Roache APTN National NewsThe people of Black Tickle, Labrador, feel forgotten by the government.The remote southern Inuit community struggles with basic services like water and healthcare.They say a land claim would offer security, and Trudeau made an election promise to negotiate.Now, Black Tickle wants the Liberals to follow through.
The Speaker has also requested the President to reconsider the decision to prorogue Parliament till November 16th, saying it will have serious and undesirable consequences. The Speaker says in his letter, he feels the request by the UNP is a democratic and fair request. The United National Party (UNP) has requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to take steps to protect the rights and privileges of Ranil Wickremesinghe.The Speaker has written to President Maithripala Sirisena saying the UNP wants Wickremesinghe’s rights and privileges protected until someone emerges in Parliament who can show majority support. He also raised concerns over the forced takeover of State institutions. (Colombo Gazette)
Candidates include Borge Brende, the former environmental minister of Norway; Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Echandi, the Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica; Shafqat Kakakhel of Pakistan, the Deputy Executive Director of UNEP; Rajendra Pachauri of India, the Director-General of the Energy and Resource Institute; and Achim Steiner of German, the Director-General of the World Conservation Union.Mr. Toepfer’s tenure, which began in February 1998, saw the Programme restructured into five priority areas: environmental assessment and early warning, development of policy instruments, enhanced coordination with environmental conventions, technology transfer and support to Africa, according to the Office of the Secretary-General. Mr. Annan’s office said that Mr. Toepfer, who had previously been Germany’s environmental minister, has also been instrumental in integrating environmental concerns and economic development.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Women are entitled to a planned caesarean on the NHS, after discussion with a midwife or doctor about the risks. However, anecdotally, many women say they encounter hostility from medical professionals who try to talk them out of the idea.George gave birth at Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospital in south-east London. The baby was delivered early because George was suffering from intrahepatic cholestasis, a liver disorder that develops in pregnancy and can be life-threatening for the unborn child.George asked the anaesthetist to take mobile phone pictures of the procedure, including the moment her baby was delivered. The images are “quite graphic, but no different to the images on Call the Midwife”, she said. The 33-year-old actress explained: “I’m not against natural birth, I’m pro whatever you feel is right for you. It’s not because I’m ‘too posh to push’, it’s about what I think my body is capable of. I’m not good with pain. I faint when I stub my toe. Not that a C-section is the easy way out. It’s a major operation…“If men went through labour, I think the majority would choose the pain-free way, but there is a feeling that women should have to feel pain.”Her character had to ‘perform’ a C-section during the 2016 Christmas special. George did her research then “and decided that if I ever got pregnant myself, that’s what I would do. Lots of people were shocked by that decision, but I’ve experienced natural childbirth through the legs of many an actress and I didn’t want to do it myself.”George said people had tried to convince her not to have a C-section, and there is “a lot of shame” attached to the decision. But she urged women to have the confidence to request the procedure.“I think there needs to be a national conversation about how C-sections are all right and they don’t just have to be for emergencies,” she said. A star of Call the Midwife elected to give birth via caesarean section after working on the show put her off the idea of a natural birth.Helen George called for a national conversation about C-sections, saying they can be a positive choice for women and should not be restricted to medical emergencies.George plays midwife Trixie Franklin in the BBC period drama and is in a relationship with her co-star, Jack Ashton, who plays Rev Tom Hereward. She gave birth to their daughter, Wren, four months ago in an NHS hospital.“I haven’t spoken about this before but I chose to have a C-section. It coincided with the fact that I had to deliver her early but, even without that, I would have gone for an elective caesarean because of what I’d learnt on Call the Midwife.“Working on Call the Midwife means that lots of people tell you their horror stories about birth,” George told Radio Times. George gave birth to her daughter Wren four months agoCredit:Clara Molden Helen George with her partner and Call the Midwife co-star Jack AshtonCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA
Multotec remains focused on new processes and technologies that result in improved efficiencies and reduced operational costs for its customers. With the advent of urban mining where recycled materials are reprocessed, the introduction of Clean-iX® technology could play a vital role in beneficiating rare earths components. The company’s partnership with Australian company Clean TeQ provides a technology that combines continuous and counter current ion exchange to produce a highly effective rare earth element (REE) process.Carien van der Walt, Process Engineer for Environmental Products at Multotec Process Equipment, points out that the conventional REE process entails an initial beneficiation step, normally via gravity concentration. The concentrate produced is roasted with sulphuric acid to produce REE sulphate complexes. Thereafter the roasting discharge is mixed with water to produce a slurry which is atmospherically leached. The slurry from the leach circuit normally undergoes solid liquid separation to produce a liquid pregnant leach solution.The pregnant leach solution is precipitated in two stages. The first precipitation stage involves precipitation with magnesia to produce a mixture of impurities such as thorium, uranium and iron. Stage II precipitation is normally conducted with the addition of ammonium oxalate to produce a mixed REE precipitate that is sold as the final product. “The main problem with this process is the production of radioactive elements such as thorium and uranium,” she explains.“Clean TeQ looked at finding a way to reduce the potential hazards and environmental impact associated with this methodology, whilst realising capital and operating cost savings. The resultant Clean-iX technology has produced favourable results across the board in terms of increased rare earths yields, increased environmental stewardship and a very attractive and significant reduction in operational costs,” van der Walt says.There are two options available for customers and in the first, rare earths can be recovered with far less thorium and uranium extracted reducing the amount of impurities sent to precipitation along with the final product. The second solution entails selective recovery of the uranium and thorium in two separate processes, resulting in the thorium, uranium and rare earths being produced as three separate streams.Clean-iX® effectively replaces the leaching circuit and stage II precipitation in conventional REE recovery circuits with a resin-in-leach (cRIL) ion exchange process. This allows immediate extraction of the rare earths as it comes into solution and drives the leaching reaction, which reduces the leach time and leachate consumption.“The end result is a better quality product and a significantly reduced radioactive waste factor. Clean-iX achieves recoveries of rare earth elements of up to 90% and higher and provides a substantial reduction in the amount of ammonium salt required to precipitate the rare earth elements downstream, as an additional bonus” van der Walt concludes.The picture shows van der Walt training operators on the functionality of the Clean-iX pilot plant’s automation system.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 18, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Derek Been as the new Director of Immigration within the Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services.Mr. Been who officially took up the post on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, holds a Post Graduate Degree from the University of Leicester Business School and previously dedicated over 10 years to the Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service where he served as the former Under Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Communication and Immigration from 1999 – 2004; as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs from 2006-2009 and as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Utilities and Housing from 2009-2010, before taking up the post of Deputy Director of the Turks and Caicos Islands Ports Authority from 2010-2016.During his tenure in government Mr. Been had the opportunity to assist in a number of key projects including the construction of the North and Middle Caicos Causeway, Leeward Highway, the introduction of the Ports Authority, the Public Works Change Initiative, the Blue Ribbon Commission and several other key projects.Mr. Been is a civic leader having dedicated many years of service to the Boys Scouts where he serves as the Leader of the Grand Turk Division and is a member of the Turks and Caicos National Museum. He is also the founder and webmaster of Grand Turk Events which seeks to bring awareness to community events on the island of Grand Turk.Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams stated that she was pleased to welcome Mr. Been back to the civil service and in such a critical role at such a critical time; “I am pleased to congratulate Mr. Been on his appointment and to welcome him back to the Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service. His appointment which is a critical one, comes at a very critical time as we seek to make a number of positive changes in the structures, systems and management in the Ministry of Border Control and more specifically in the Immigration Department.Mr. Been possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience, having previously served as a former Under Secretary within this and numerous other ministries along with serving as a former Permanent Secretary within government. He is fully aware of both the challenges and needs of the department and has already in his short time in the department set about an action plan for change. I look forward to working with him and to supporting him in his role where I have every confidence that he will do exceptionally well.”Deputy Premier, Honourable Sean Astwood added, “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mr. Been to the Ministry of Border Control and Employment. Mr. Been assumes the vital role of Director of Immigration at a pivotal moment in our country’s history, where now more than ever, there needs to be sound direction and developments in the policies and practices guiding both migration and immigration activities for the protection and security of our borders.Mr. Been, as a former Civil Servant, Under Secretary and Permanent Secretary of numerous areas within Government, brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be fundamental to the department’s ability to address the many challenges that have inundated our communities and social systems over the years. While we have embarked on numerous initiatives for the reshaping of migration and immigration in the TCI, there is a long road ahead of us but I am encouraged by the energy and diversity that Mr. Been has on how the department, and indeed the country, can achieve its goals.Over the coming weeks Mr. Been will be working to institute new guidelines and policies for the improvement and revitalization of his department and together, with our support, I expect that he will have another long successful tenure with us.”Commenting on the appointment himself Mr. Derek Been said: “I am most thankful to Almighty God for granting me the opportunity to serve in such a role and at such a time. I am fully cognizant of the inherent challenges and threats that seem to dominate the immigration and labour sectors. However, opportunities also exist and the way we manage migration and immigration is critical to the cultural, social and economic well-being of these Islands and for those who conduct business and reside here permanently. The Immigration Department is essentially an enforcement body. The staff that I lead are expected to operate within the provision of the laws of the country. I expect the officers to be fair, firm and consistent in exercising their functions and we expect the Public and our clients to appreciate and adhere to the law.As it relates specifically to the role as Director, I will support lawful entry to persons (business and pleasure) who will benefit these Islands, while preventing the abuse of the society and its economy.I look forward to continuing the efforts to improve service delivery and processes that we manage, and to achieve efficiency and effectiveness. Critical to meeting our objectives is increased staff training and cross training, forging strategic alliances and the use of technology to protect our borders. I look forward to supporting the team at the Ministry of Border Control and Employment in achieving the broader objectives.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
As developer Ryan Hurley walked through his latest downtown Vancouver acquisition on a recent July morning, he spoke of a vision beyond the gutted former home of Sparks Home Furnishings.“This building has great bones,” he said, while workers in hard hats yanked aging insulation from the rafters and dropped it in dirty mounds on the naked concrete below. “It’s pedestrian friendly; the new library has given us a connection to the park. This area of downtown used to be dingy. We want it to come alive.”Halfway through its remodeling project, the 40,000-square-foot store that for more than 50 years sold loveseats, patio sets and armoires has been stripped of its finishing and fixtures. Dimly lit, it looks closer to “dingy” than “alive.”But those who’ve watched Hurley remodel four previous downtown buildings in less than five years say they have faith in the vision he’s bringing to the city block between Broadway and C Street along Evergreen Boulevard.“There’s been a huge change downtown in the past five years. People are excited to be here,” said Lee Rafferty, executive director of Vancouver’s Downtown Association. “Ryan Hurley has been one of the biggest forces behind that change.”
NEW YORK (WSVN) — Marjory Stone Douglas High School students were honored at the 2018 U.S. Open in New York.It was all part of the 23rd annual Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day, Saturday.The students arrived to a red carped and flashing lights.The Shine MSD group also got the unique opportunity to represent their school while spreading an impactful message through song.Everybody who attended the tournament enjoyed a day of fun with face painting, magic shows and juggling acts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Self editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger has been elected president of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), succeeding People managing editor Larry Hackett, who served as president for the past two years.Elections took place today during ASME’s annual meeting, held at the 3 West Club in New York City.Rosemary Ellis, editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping, was elected vice president; Mark Jannot, editor-in-chief of Popular Science and Science Illustrated, will be secretary; and James Bennet, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, was voted treasurer. ASME officers’ terms are for one year, with the possibility of a second-term reelection. New board members voted in are Jill Herzig, editor-in-chief of Redbook; Jane Goldman, vice president of CBS Interactive and editor-in-chief of CHOW.com; Christopher Keyes, editor-in-chief of Outside; and David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men’s Health. Re-elected board members are Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired; Ariel Foxman, managing editor of InStyle; Chris Johns, editor-in-chief of National Geographic; and Kaitlin Quistgaard, editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal. A full list of board members is available here.
Village youth in the Kuskokim village of Kwethluk will soon have a chance to do something few of them have done before: skateboard. Construction of a new skatepark there will begin next month. The park is the first of it’s kind in the YK Delta.Download AudioThe plans for the “Skate Dot” can be seen here, this will be the the first of it’s kind in the YK Delta. Photo Courtesy of Brin Berube.That wasn’t an Alaska Airlines jet flying over, that’s the sound of an expertly executed skateboard stop at the Bethel Skatepark. It’s a sound not yet familiar in the village, but that’s about to change in the community of Kwethluk, about 20 miles upriver from Bethel. Construction materials are now being gathered at a Seattle, Wash. barge company. The funding comes from a grant provided by Indian Health Services for Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Kwethluk, in cooperation with YKHC, hired a company suited for such construction called Native Skateparks. The company owner, Greg Mize, shares his experiences with formerly concerned parent before and after the grand opening ceremonies.“Adults who said, ‘oh they’ll break their heads’ or ‘oh we need to do this instead,’ and they’ll drive by and see thirty, forty, fifty kids there. And I’d be standing there and grown men who came up to me and were kind of angry, come up to me later and say ‘you know what, buddy, I apologize, this is the greatest thing that happened to our kids,’ ” says Mize.The project partners give the community youth an avenue to actively combat obesity, give kids something to strive for and help kids avoid negative activities. YKHC Office of Environmental Health pitched the idea to many villages as part of their Diabetes Prevention Program. Buth they say only Kwethluk was interested. According to YKHC, another reason Kwethluk is a good choice was its close proximity to other villages, like Akiak and Akiachak.The skatepark, or “skate dot,” a term used to describe smaller skateparks; will be 30 feet wide and 50 feet long. The rectangular “skate dot” will sport quarterpipes on both ends crossed by a row of ramps and rails cutting through the center.With all these fun features Kwethluk City Clerk Ana Galila says there’s a staff member at YKHC Environmental Health with extensive skating expeirnce who’s promised another surprise for the youth there. “Brian Berube is gonna give lessons and they’re gonna handout skateboards and safety helmets,” says Galila.Mize says construction supplies for the Kwethluk skate dot should land there on or around July 7. Then, after a couple of weeks, construction should begin… “Then twenty days later you should have a skatepark. We’re just going there to work, because we don’t goof around,” says Mize.A privilege he hopes kids in Kwethluk will enjoy, as long as they wear safety gear, one of many new safety ordinances already implemented by village officials.
Gov. Bill Walker presented a health care “blue print” at the National Press Club. (Photo: Liz Ruskin)Alaska Gov. Bill Walker stood with the governors of Colorado and Ohio in Washington, D.C. to announce a new “blueprint” for health care policy. The blueprint is a broad statement of the principles, and the governors want Congress to get a move on.Listen nowIt might seem like the health care debate disappeared into the Washington night some time last year. After Republican bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act died, there was an effort to keep and fix, by restoring insurance subsidies and shoring up the markets. It fizzled in the Senate.Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich says that’s a shame.“They can’t seem to get this done,” Kasich said at a media announcement held at the National Press Club. “And it’s all politics. It’s all ‘Obama this’ and ‘Obama that.’ Well, you know what? That system needs changed.”Gov. Bill Walker presented a health care “blueprint” with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right. Photo: Liz RuskinBipartisanship is a key element in this blueprint. Kasich is a Republican. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is a Democrat. And Walker is an independent. So far, two other governors have also signed on: Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, and Brian Sandoval, R-Nevada.Walker says party lines shouldn’t apply to health care policy.“The pendulum swinging back and forth between the administrations on health care – that’s what’s got to stop,” Walker said. “Because the ones that get hurt in that swing of the pendulum are those that need health care and need coverage.”The blueprint calls for market stability, innovation and competition.Another word that came up a lot: “Flexibility.” Walker said governors need flexibility.To do what, exactly?“Flexibility to make sure the health care is provided at a lower cost to Alaskans, with higher value,” Walker said.How?“You sit down and you negotiate” with insurance carriers and medical providers, Walker said, adding that it’s not going to be popular.“It’ll be the right thing to do for Alaskans and that’s what we’re going to do,” Walker said. “We’re going to sit down with the providers. We’re going to sit down and say, ‘what can you bring to the table to bring down the cost of health care in Alaska?’”The governor is in Washington for the winter meeting of National Governors Association. With him were Alaska Insurance Director Lori Wing-Heier and Health Commissioner Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson.Wing-Heier says one option the governor is considering is to allow other Alaska groups to join forces with the state-funded insurance plans to negotiate better prices.Alaska Insurance Director Lori Wing-Heier, foreground, and Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson. Photo: Liz Ruskin.“That would allow us to pool state employees with other populations,” Wing-Heier said, “and the small group market might be one that we look at.”An idea on the rise in some states is imposing work requirements on people who receive Medicaid. Alaska Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, has sponsored a bill to do that.Davidson says most Alaskans who are covered by Medicaid live in households with at least one working member already. And every week, Davidson says, the governor hears from people who say enrolling in Medicaid allowed them to get treatment for debilitating illness or injury so they could return work.“And they were looking at not being able to ever work in their lives again,” Davidson said. “We see first-hand the opportunity that the availability of health care has on improving the productivity of Alaskans’ lives.”The state’s Medicaid rolls grew last year by about 26,000, and nearly 40 percent were children. Wing-Heier and Davidson say it’s due to Alaska’s poor job market.
Tags: Celebrity Cruises, Video Posted by Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Share Michael Smith MIAMI, FL — It feels like the U.S. election has been going on for a decade now and Celebrity Cruises is offering an escape.A new advertisement released by the cruise company yesterday piggybacks on the election by using some of Donald Trump’s election promises.“Far from the talk of building walls, far from the threats of keeping people out, far from the rhetoric of fear” the ad begins with imagery that merges destinations.The video finishes with the powerful line: “our lives aren’t made better by closing ourselves off to the world, they are made better when we open ourselves to it.” [VIDEO] Celebrity Cruises delivers powerful post-debate advertisement << Previous PostNext Post >>